Flip flops and flowers are meant to be enjoyed outdoors. In order to make your outdoor space more enjoyable there are a few simple things that can be done to any patio.
You may be aware that I’ve recently returned to my hometown and moved into my parent’s home. For several years the yard and landscaping had been neglected, which meant that we had some work cut out for us in order to begin the transformation of the back yard into the oasis that we’re dreaming of. We’re not there yet – but we’re making progress.
It’s easy to reclaim old patio furniture and give it new life with spray paint. This particular set of patio furniture has been every color under the sun, but I tend to like simplicity so it’s currently white again. I like the fact that I can add cushions of any color to it to create a festive look. But I’m not ruling anything out. Next summer the furniture may be a bright turquoise – which I actually considered for this summer.
I’m a fan of beautiful flowers, but I’m not a fan of flowerbeds at ground level. They’re harder to tend and weed. But I happen to love hanging baskets and potted flowers scattered around the patio. They’re much easier to weed, water, deadhead, and care for. They make my life much simpler than a flowerbed that requires me to get on my knees (and up again!) to take care of. And by watching sales at the end of the season, I can snag some pretty ones at good price for next summer.
But there are some places where you do have to do a little planting in the actual ground. Our backyard gets the full heat of the afternoon sun. There is no shade. However, since we plan to live in this house for a long time, we decided that some planting with an eye towards the future was called for. Along the west fence line, we’ve planted several crepe myrtles that we plan to prune so that they’ll grow into trees to provide us a little relief from the sun.
A little further up the west fence line, we’ve put in a few new rose bushes. The yard looked a little too bare for our tastes and we’ve gotten some lovely pink/orange roses this summer even though the bushes are still very small.